Vesa Peltonen - Artist

Biography -Artwork Collections and Commissions




Vesa Peltonen considers his art career a rewarding one, having dedicated his artistic expertise in varied art fields, always an artist/designer, from a television art director, ad agency illustrator to a University art and art history educator. Since 1984, he's taught most education institutions as Lakehead University for Visual Arts, often being Distance Education courses out of the city in N.W. Ontario towns. He also taught art and other courses in First Nation schools. Born in Finland, he's enoyed Thunder Bay, Ontario, most of his life, as well as Toronto and Winnipeg.

Vesa Peltonen has very often immersing himself in other cultures, having travelled to five continents over a 40- year period off and on. This quote from author Henry Miller captures his philosophy: "Travel is not about a place, but a new way of seeing things"..  


Peltonen is presently semi-retired from teaching to explore his art direction further, as in Internationally invited solo art exhibitions well into 2017. He's researching to author his 2nd book and travel more after choosing which various art exhibitions he'd prefer globally. He has planned to be an 'artist-in-residence' in S. France next year. Freelancing in computer design for two companies is much on his own choices, with no quota, which he does with Vida & Co. [San Francisco] to do original designs for their casual fashion wear. 


"It's a neat way to work. I simply need a laptop and able to design from any country."

He moves onto retail sales globally, allocating marketing, so he can focus on the creative.


Peltonen had founded 'Global ArtXchanges' organization in 2006 which is an ongoing humanitarian art development that help needy youth worldwide in impoverished and war-torn areas receive proper basic art supplies as for example Kathmandu, Nepal.


He has been a long time photographer which his been a main component in his visual artworks.


In 1975 he was hired part-time by a Toronto magazine to photograph well-known musical performers during his initial art school learning at Ontario College of Art in Toronto. 

Peltonen has won awards in juried exhibitions for photography, painting  and also in the graphic design field. He was awarded the City of Thunder Bay Culture/Heritage Award 2006 for his Visual Art endeavors that had benefited the city and region.

He has had many exhibitions across Canada, with a solo 'Regional Artists' exhibition in 2004 at the Thunder Bay National Art Gallery. Since 1985 his art has been represented by five art agents including one print publishing company in Winnipeg. 


He was asked to be an advisor representing N.W.Ontario as one of several in selecting Arts Education grants for the Ontario Arts Council in 2002. He has made it a point to advise and educate students and the public that "Art is a most integral part of Community." 


Vesa Peltonen graduated from University of Manitoba in 1984 with an B.F.A. and received his B.Ed. teaching degree from Lakehead University the following year. He has an AQ as a Guidance counselor specialist. His learning takes on further experiences. His design work has been also a large part of his career and either freelance or full-time he has made a mark in being a most creative design artist.




'Art-icle' Blog about Vesa Peltonen & 'Global ArtXchanges':



Article/Review Claudia Moscovici ~Novelist~Writer/Fiction & Art criticism - Michigan, U.S.A.




Vesa Peltonen/Artist ~Review via LinkedIn  Jan. 6, 2015


I have been observing your work for a while now, Vesa (because you are wisely persistent on Linked-In). Today I decided to take a closer look at your work via your website. 

As a life-long fine artist, I am very impressed with the style of painting you have developed. Naturally, we artists are constantly instructed to "follow the shapes" and that "detail 

kills a painting". As such, your abstracted style of depicting imagery works those precepts with great skill and visual effect. 

Very nicely done.


- Karl Bronk


 Bronk Communication Productions, owner/art director, artist, Boston




The following are Corporate Art Collections:


Bombardier Inc.,Thunder Bay/Montreal
Via Rail, Canada

Canadian Embassy, Norway

Canadian Embassy, Japan
Ontario Provincial Government
Manitoba Provincial Government
Newfoundland Provincial Government
Molsons Canada Ltd., Toronto, Ontario

Confederation College, Thunder Bay
Victoria Inn, Thunder Bay

CBC Radio & Television, Toronto

Airlane, Travelodge Hotel, Thunder Bay
Canada Games Complex, Thunder Bay
Pan Am Pool/World Aquatic Museum, Winnipeg
Whistler Mountain Condominiums, B.C.
Dominion Motors GM office, Thunder Bay
Royal Bank of Canada, Calgary 
Shell Canada, Winnipeg  

Barcelona Summer Olympics, Spain's Sports & Culture Centre 
Wing Contractors, Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay City Hall, Thunder Bay

Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
Amateur Hockey Assoc. of Canada, Ottawa
National Ballet of Canada, Toronto


Commissioned works/Related Art Positions~ last 30 years:


1981- Canada Summer Games - created commemorative print series
1981 -World Jr. Hockey Gold Medal Championships -created commemorative print series

1983/84 -Aquatic Museum of Canada, Winnipeg, created 4 prints designed for gifts and promotion  
1984- Thunder Bay Football League -created print series for fundraising
1985 -Designed art into prints depicting famous Ballet dancer, Karen Kain,she co-signed for fundraising

1986- Invitation to participate at O'Keefe Centre, Toronto in a group art exhibition 

1985 -Travel Lodge Hotel, Thunder Bay. –commissioned to create prints for all hotel spaces 

1988 -World Ladies Curling Championships commemorative prints

1991 Zoocheck Canada, Toronto, commissioned Peltonen to create prints to commemorate famous Dr,

Jane Goodall's 30th anniversary as an animal scientist, (She co-signed each of the prints).

1992- 1992 Summer Olympics- Barcelona, Spain.- Designed glass sand carved designs as gifts 

1993 –Won 1st place Award for Painting at Thunder Bay Regional Juried Art Show.

1994 –Peltonen won the bid to produce large murals, glass carved sculptures to watercolours depicting train coaches in their setting destination which are manufactured at Bombardier Inc., Thunder Bay.
1994- Worked on the ‘Merchant Marine’ Monument project, Thunder Bay waterfront. Peltonen designed the sculpture for the monument's well as the brochure mail-outs for raising funds.

1995 -World Nordic Championships -licensed to produce 'glass design' collectables.

1995- Group exhibition at 'The Kennedy Gallery', Nassau, Bahamas 

1996 - Solo Art show, Triangle Lounge/Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1997 -Won a commission create original art for the Victoria Inn's new executive suites plus add prints for  all regular hotel rooms.

1997 – Artist in Residence- World Boy Scout Annual Jamboree Celebration-

Thunder Bay, Ont.

1998- 1 week Solo Art Show - Omega Gallery, Red Lake, Ontario

2001- Solo Art Exhibition at ‘Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

2002- Artist in Residence -Lunenburg, Nova Scotia ~ Helped raise funds with area artists for a new Art Gallery plus directed workshops on mixed media and creative photography

2003- Art Education Advisor’ for the Ontario Arts Council representing N.W.Ontario.Recommended that Thunder Bay should have an Ontario Arts Council 'satellite office' to help aboriginal artists write grants.

2004 – Regional Solo Art Exhibition’ -Thunder Bay NationalArt Gallery

2006- Founded –World Youth arts humanitarian org. –'GLOBAL ArtXchanges’

2006 – Won the City of Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Award in ‘Visual Arts’ competition category.
2000-2009 –Ongoing Commissions of ‘Artist Concepts’ of coaches for Bombardier Inc., Thunder Bay
2007-Commissioned to create 3 Via Rail watercolours, to prints for VIA Rail & Bombardier
2007-Vesa Peltonen's music composition added to 'Thunder Bay Blues Festival' compilation CD.
2010- Commissioned to create and produce a 'Commemorative Artwork' depicting the essence of the 'World Jr. Baseball Championships' - (sold nationally worldwide )

2012 -Group Art Show - Bizune Art Gallery, Toronto

2012 -Was nominated for a poem entered for the‘Wildsound’organization, Toronto.

 Show program. -Host for 'Creatively Speaking' with art interviews/news of relevant topics.

2016- Solo Art Exhibition -'[7 weeks] In Common' Gallery/lounge, Thunder Bay, ON

2016- Invited for Sept. 2017 for a solo Art Exhibition at 'Altamira Gallery', Havana,Cuba.

2017- Solo Art Show- Toronto, t..b.a. 



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